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Departmental Official Visits

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on overnight accommodation by her Department's civil servants in the last 12 months. (228772)

Expenditure figures for the Home Office on overnight accommodation by civil servants and all Ministers for the financial year 2007-08 (the last 12 months for which audited figures are available) was £5.79 million.

Information on civil servant overnight accommodation expenditure separately could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Expenditure figures on overnight accommodation for the Home Office includes information for the core Home Office and UK Border Agency.

When travelling on departmental business officials are expected to make efficient and cost-effective accommodation arrangements. Departments have authority to reimburse the expenses incurred by their own staff in connection with their employment, subject to the conditions set out in the Civil Service Management Code.